Vascular Plant Family Quest

As mentioned in a post over a year ago, one of our goals in retirement is to track down native species representing vascular plant families that we have not seen before in the continental U.S. and Canada (hereafter, North America). Vascular plants have water-conducting tissues, xylem and phloem, and include groups such as ferns, conifers, […]

Ontario, A Paddler’s Paradise

After leaving Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, we spent four weeks in the province of Ontario, half of that time along the Canadian shores of Lake Superior and Lake Huron, and half in Algonquin Provincial Park (PP). The locations along the lakeshores were new to us, but Algonquin is one of our most visited […]


I started planning for Monday’s total solar eclipse about two years ago. Using a plot of the path of totality on Google Maps, I spent hours studying satellite imagery along the track, in areas where the weather was especially likely to be clear. I particularly was searching for remote places where we could dry camp […]